I agree that more instrumental metal should be a future goal, but scrapping the vocals entirely would remove man from the music. Sometimes this works wonderfully -- "Tomhet," "Naar Himmelen Klarnar," "Norvegr," and even stuff like Windir's "Soknardalr" conveys something that would be utterly lost with the addition of vocals, something sacred and beyond the reach of mortals. On the other hand, when it comes to constructing atmosphere, especially if we consider the possibility that metal taps into an aspect of European life that was lost with the rise of things like Romanization, "domestication," and Christianization, harsh vocals are key to conveying its war-like spirit. Transilvanian Hunger
and Ildjarn albums like Forest Poetry
and Nocturnal Visions
perfectly represent how this is true. The vocals on these albums are not tough guy babblings, nor are they flat growls for the sake of "being metal." Instead, they are cries of urgency, calls to arms.
So maybe we need more Ildjarns -- capable of both a Forest Poetry
and a Hardangervidda
without missing a beat. Throw in the complexity of The Red in the Sky is Ours
of these facets of the metal spirit and you've really got something.
On a side note, if you haven't already, have a listen to some instrumentals from De Mysteriis dom Sathanas:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxND8gMn5Cohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo7qq3k5PhE
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Edited to add: I do wonder what others think about this release in particular. Attila's vocals tend to divide people, so hearing the album without any vocals at all is something that could placate potential appreciators. I can't say I'm a big Attila fan, anyway. He's like the Mike Patton of underground metal -- more about gimmicky vocal chord distortions than creating emotion with his voice. Still, he has his moments on the Mayhem album. Hearing the title track without his vocals, though, especially when the treble elevates after the four minute mark, makes me notice things that I couldn't previously due to how distracting his wailing was.